Club training nights are Tuesday and Thursday. All are welcomed, of any standard, but it is beneficial if you can already run a few miles. If you are new to running, we suggest you read our beginners article.
The runs normally start out as a single group a split midway to provide a longer and shorter options. The shorter runs are approximately 3-5 miles, medium run 5-6 and the longer 7-8. Quicker members of the group double back at regular intervals, ensuring that the group stays together and no-one gets left behind. This also helps them improve as they will cover more miles, and can train at a quicker pace. Route details are often posted on Facebook prior to the run.
Members also organise their own runs and recce race routes beforehand, getting a feel for the ground and distances involved.
During the winter months it can be very dark in the evening. Could runners please wear a high-viz jacket (or similar) and if possible, a head torch.
If you are thinking of coming along or want more information, contact our membership secretary.
Tuesday – Fulwood, Preston
The Tuesday group meets at Fulwood Leisure Centre at 18:30. Please gather near the squash courts or near the steps outside the main entrance. Parking can sometimes be a problem at the leisure centre, but there is normally room on the surrounding side streets.
Routes typically go through Fulwood, Moor Park, Ashton, Ignol and Broughton.
Afterwards it is possible to shower and change at the leisure centre. Members often meet at the Black Bull Pub after the run for food and drinks.
Thursday – Bamber Bridge
The Thursday group meets at The Poachers Pub (near Bamber Bridge Sainsbury’s) at 19:00. We generally meet in the car park; try to arrive a few minutes early as we aim to start the run on time.
Routes normally go via Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Walton-le-Dale, Walton Summit and Lostock Hall. During the summer, when it is lighter, it is also possible to run through Avenham and Cuerden Parks.
Runners generally gather in The Poachers after the run for a drink and something to eat.
The club also runs interval training to during the winter months. These are a shorter but more intense sessions that helps build speed and recovery. These runs are also capable to supporting runners of all speeds so no one gets left behind.
Sessions run on alternative weeks at Preston Docks (meet behind the Odeon) and Walton Summit (meet at the Poachers with the main group) and both start at 7pm.
During the summer months, the club also runs from a number of locations around Preston and the surrounding countryside. For more details and the schedule of runs, see the summer runs section.